We have a strong and vibrant spirituality project that does training, gives retreats and offers ongoing spiritual accompaniment. The main component of our spirituality work is training. The spirituality project works on bringing, specifically, Ignatian Spirituality, into the African context. We have four locally developed courses: NgiHamba NeNkosi, Tsoseletsa, Discernment workshops with women and young adults and Hearts on Fire. From now until 2024 we will focus more resources on developing Ignatian Spirituality in the African context.
We offer a limited amount of theological reflection and commentary on issues in the contemporary Catholic Church and in South African society. This too flows from our Ignatian worldview. We do this in talks, interviews, lectures, workshops and publications. Every year we also host an international scholar who travels the country talking and workshopping specific topics that are of a theological/sociological nature.
The Jesuit Institute has a media project which will be developed by 2024 to do three distinct things: host the online platform spotlight.africa, produce audio and video material on a number of topics (including short documentaries), and produce training material for our other works. We will continue to offer training in basic media skills with collaborators.
From now until 2024 we shall seek to ensure that we continue to keep the voice of the marginalised – whoever they are – on our agenda. We do this through public commentary, participation in networks and public events that focus specifically on racial justice, gender justice, ethical leadership, advocacy for migrants and ecological justice. We will do this by working with other organisations whom we have identified as having similar concerns. We will also use our media resources (including our relationships in the broader secular media) to raise issues and influence public opinion. We want to ensure that, in all our works, we form people who are increasingly justice conscious.
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In terms of the recently gazetted Government Notice 417, section 5.4.1: